Drinking and Driving

Understand the blood alcohol laws in Switzerland...

Driving under the influence of alcohol in Switzerland: The blood/alcohol limit in Switzerland is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (0.5 grams/litre).

  • Drivers with an alcohol level between 0.5 g/l and 0.79 g/l will be charged with a fine and could be taken to jail.
  • If the level is higher than 0.8 g/l, in addition to the fine and the possibility of being arrested, the driver's licence will be confiscated for at least three months.
  • If a passenger of a drunk driver has a driving licence, they are equally responsible

The police have the right to perform spot breathalyser tests.